Training with Parkinson’s Disease – Every Thurday in Pasadena at 11 AM until the LA Marathon’s 5k

For the last 4 years I have been training a group of primarily walkers, some runners, many of them with Parkinson’s Disease. The program is a FREE 10 week program that gets us ready for the LA Marathon 5k. Some of us use it as a fundraiser for Team Parkinson. The video above is from last year’s training.

We stared our Fifth year of training last week. I want to share the details in case you are interested in joining us or know someone who might be interested in our training. Like the past 4 years, we are training for LA Marathon 5k on Saturday, March 8 2014. Some of our participants may run the LA Marathon or the Charity Relay on Sunday, March 9, 2014. You don’t need to be training for the race to join us.

We meet every Thursday, at 11 AM from January 16, to March 5. We meet at Lot K which is located on the corner of Seco and West Dr. (see map below). You can show up any or every Thursday and there are no requirements except that you have a friendly attitude.

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This program is open to anyone who wants to join us and it is free. Each week we start of with exercises and the ChiRunning/ChiWalking® Body Looseners. Then we walk / run for a pre-determined amount of time around the Rose Bowl. We are usually done by 12:30 PM at the latest.

This has been a great opportunity for me to work side-by-side with Parkinson’s patients, care-givers, family members, friends and people that just want some exercise.

The most important thing I have learned from leading this group is the importance of exercise. It not only can slow the progression of a disease like Parkinson but it helps every person. And the research proves it.

As an extra added benefit is Sarah’s coffee and snacks each week. If you are interested or know anyone who might like to join us please email me at

Train Focused, Steve Mackel – Team Parkinson Member and Coach


2 Responses to “Training with Parkinson’s Disease – Every Thurday in Pasadena at 11 AM until the LA Marathon’s 5k”

  1. Betsy Moore on January 15th, 2014

    I would love to join you. If I can help out in any way, please just ask.
    See you tomorrow.

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